Dik A. Daso


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Lawmakers Grill Austin Over Secret Hospitalization

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III insisted he “never intended” to keep his hospitalization following complications from prostate cancer surgery a secret, amid grilling from lawmakers over his failure to notify the White House, lawmakers, and the public of his medical situation, despite having ...

Officials: US Seeking to Expand Military Strike Coalition Against Houthis

The top State Department official for Yemen suggested the U.S. would like to expand the nations willing to participate in airstrikes or maritime patrols against the Houthis in response to the group's attacks on shipping. “This is a multifaceted responsibility. It should not be all ...

US, UK Warplanes Strike 18 Houthi Targets After New Ship Attacks

American and British forces carried out a major series of airstrikes to weaken the Houthis’ military capabilities on Feb. 24, attacking 18 targets at eight locations in Yemen in response to the group’s attacks on commercial shipping, the Pentagon said. It was the fourth wave of “necessary ...

Houthis Shoot Down Second Air Force MQ-9 in Three Months

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was shot down off the coast of Yemen, defense officials said Feb. 20. “Initial indications are that it was shot down by a Houthi surface-to-air missile,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters. It was the second time ...

First USAF Warrant Officers to Include Air National Guardsmen

The Air National Guard will play a vital role in the Air Force’s new cyber and IT warrant officer track, the ANG’s boss said at the AFA Warfare Symposium. “In the first class of warrant officers, we are going to bring National Guard professionals into ...

Kendall: ‘Unthinkable’ That Congress Could Fail to Pass Budget, Ukraine Aid

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said Feb. 14 that Congress’s inability to enact critical government funding and national security legislation is “unthinkable” because it will delay military modernization at a pivotal time. The stopgap continuing resolution the government is operating under is “truly devastating” ...

New Commands, Ranks, and More: Big Changes for Air Force & Space Force

The Air Force and Space Force rolled out sweeping changes to the services’ organization, manning, readiness, and weapons development Feb. 12 at the AFA Warfare Symposium. The changes aim to ratchet up readiness and gain a warfighting edge in the face of intensifying great power ...

3 Dead, Dozens Wounded By Drone Attack on US Base in Jordan

Three U.S. service members were killed and at least 34 troops were injured in an overnight attack at a base in Jordan Jan. 28, the U.S. said. It marked the first U.S. troops killed in the region since the Israel-Hamas war began in October and ...

Pentagon: Ukraine Expected to Employ F-16s in 2024

The U.S. and Western allies expect the Ukrainian Air Force to achieve “initial operating capability” on F-16s by the end of this year, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs Celeste Wallander said after a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Jan. ...

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